May 26 2021: Chinese telecom giant Huawei has announced that it will formally launch its new operating system HarmonyOS for smartphones on June 2.
This comes almost two years after Huawei faced a ban by Google – mirroring US government policy at the time. HarmonyOS is Huawei’s answer to Google’s Android.
Chines phone makers like Vivo are expected to offer HarmonyOS on upcoming smartphones.
HarmonyOS, or Hongmeng in Chinese, is an operating system designed for various devices and settings. It was first launched on Internet-of-Things devices. The HarmonyOS has already been used on Huawei watches, laptops and home appliances over the past two years. Huawei expects the number of devices equipped with HarmonyOS to reach 300 million by the end of 2021, including more than 200 million Huawei devices.
Huawei sold its phone brand Honor to Digital China for $ 15 billion last year.